NKorea bomb test would draw tough response

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

That makes Ri "a bona fide princeling", according to the North Korea Leadership Watch website.

U.S. President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the North's nuclear weapons advances.

"It really depends where they explode the device and what the weather patterns are like at that time", said Melissa Hanham, a senior researcher also with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. It drew a sharp rebuke from the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said "It would be a dog's dream if he meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking".

Prices seemed unaffected by the rhetoric going back and forth between the US and North Korea. Later the same year, an unidentified North Korean defense commission spokesman called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw", but again only in Korean. That was before the arrival of Trump.

Describing the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire", Kim drew a critical comparison between Trump and his predecessors in the White House, calling him unfit to hold the position of commander in chief.

The 2018 Games are to be staged in Pyeongchang, just 80km from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

The biggest takeaway? The supreme leader can throw some shade!

The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 in what it claimed as a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs.

The phrase "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" could be considered an escalation in the choice of language used, said Vipin Narang, a professor of political science at MIT and expert on deterrence and nuclear policy.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho earlier warned that Pyongyang could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in response to the United States president's threat.

Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on the possibility of a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific. It would also be seen as extraordinarily provocative by Washington, significantly raising the chances of US retaliation.

Kim looks up at the sky at what is said to have been a missile launch in August.

She went on: "A gun was sacked, the noise was deafening, absolutely terrifying and the guns were fired one after the other".

The declaration came in a tweet and followed a North Korean threat to detonate a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea in past months has been stepping up the aggressiveness of its nuclear and missile tests. It has, after all, for decades made the state-backed issuance of intimidation a crucial part of its interaction with the outside world.

He told reporters ahead of a meeting with the leaders of Japan and South Korea: "Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind".

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